Personal Narrative – From Generation to Generation: A Story of Intermarriage and Jewish Continuity

From Generation to GenerationFrom Generation to Generation
A Story of Intermarriage and Jewish Continuity
By Jane Larkin
Published: July 2014
ISBN: 978-1495301520
ASIN: B00N85D8R6
Genre: Personal Narrative
Formats Available For Review: Paperback, ebook

An inspirational tale of love and faith, From Generation to Generation tells the true story of one Jewish woman as she struggles to navigate the difficulties of interfaith dating–and its inspiration behind her surprising religious reawakening.

Jane Larkin knew the statistics: those belonging to interfaith households are more likely to lose their beliefs, neglect regular worship, and raise nonreligious children.

All of this and more spurs her to marry a man whom she doesn’t love, but who nevertheless shares her faith. Their marriage quickly crumbles, and Jane finds herself falling in love with
a non-Jewish man. Before she knows it, Jane commits to the exact thing she had hoped to avoid: an interfaith marriage.

As the newlyweds attempt to navigate their respective religions, Jane embarks on a journey that brings her face-to-face with her deepest fears–and a religious skeleton in her genealogical closet that will change everything.

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Personal Narrative – Jackie: The Adventures of a Little Boy Trying to Grow Up

JackieJackie: The Adventures of a Little Boy Trying to Grow Up
By John Tammela
Publisher: Acorn Independent Press
Published: March 2014
ISBN: 978-1909121461
ASIN: B00JDOBGCK
Genre: on Fiction, Personal Narrative, Young Adult, Children
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Jackie was an average kid growing up in a Finnish family in Niagara Falls, Canada in the late 1930’s and early ’40’s.

In this true story you will join Jackie as he deals with being the youngest of four children, but also the terrors of his second grade teacher or the school nurse, and the pangs of his first crush. Then there was the run-away bread wagon and being lost in a snow storm, but snow meant building a huge snow castle and of course snow-ball battles on the ramparts. This book may seem best suited for middle grade readers but not so. There are oldsters, grand-parents and parents too who will become teary-eyed as they recall similar experiences. What do you suppose is the author’s message here ?

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Creative Non-Fiction – Training Effects: The Art Of Personhood Training

Training EffectsTraining Effects: The Art Of Personhood Training
By Joanne Blackerby
Published: May 2014
ISBN: 978-1497318229
ASIN: B00KRPVPIE
Genre: Creative Non Fiction, Personal Narrative
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Get to know the soul and heart behind Spirit Fitness Training in Joanne Blackerby’s first book, “Training Effects,” a journey through her tumultuous to triumphant life interwoven with tales from and about those she has trained, plus her keen observations on the pursuit and profession of personal training. It broadens and enhances the art of the memoir to reveal the craft of navigating oneself through life’s chaos and challenges, and sketches out the map of the individualized route she offers all her clients for achieving full and enduring fitness.

“Training Effects” was born out of Spirit Fitness Training and how those Joanne has known and trained shared their stories with her, which inspired Blackerby to open up and reveal memories painful, touching, revelatory, sometimes harrowing yet ultimately loving and inspirational about her privileged yet tumultuous childhood in Kingston, Jamaica and her family’s flight from their homeland’s political violence to North America. and ultimately finding herself and her place in life. Joanne’s legacy of family and sexual violence, struggles as a multiracial immigrant, and how she overcame it all plus bouts of chronic depression and ADHD in adulthood to find fulfillment as a wife, mother and noted professional managing her own business are recalled within the key principles of training to illuminate how fitness is about body, mind, soul and ultimately one’s whole life.

Joanne’s dynamic and warm interactions with clients whose tales she also tells throughout the book will feel familiar to longtime Spirit Fitness Training members and inviting to prospective and new ones, revealing her philosophy and approach regarding full fitness. “Training Effects” also takes a candid look at how her profession functions today with a sharp eye for how it must up its game and better serve the millions of people that practice its programs.

Blackerby’s book is also an engaging read that for all the trials she has faced leaves one with much the same sense of satisfaction and renewal that comes from a vigorous workout in which real progress is made.

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